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(AlterNet)   Four reasons why Richard M. "Lefty" Nixon would never make it in the modern GOP   (alternet.org) divider line
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2020-08-07 4:45:11 PM  
1. Grew up poor
2. Worked for a living
3. Served his country during wartime
4. Knew when to quit
 
2020-08-07 5:00:57 PM  
5. Not corrupt enough.
 
2020-08-07 6:40:48 PM  
*chortle*, even the contemporary Dem Party would primary him from the right

/and here come the 'the gop is the worst therefore one cannot criticize the insufficient'
 
2020-08-07 6:51:57 PM  
JFK would be Republican.

I'll take the trade.
 
2020-08-07 6:55:55 PM  
Tricky Dick had a few strange ideas...but played global power games like a master. He also had a habit of occasionally doing the right thing even if was against GOP.dogma.
 
2020-08-07 7:27:16 PM  
Even he was more honest than the current crop of Russian stooges
 
2020-08-07 8:16:46 PM  
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Best Richard Nixon movie.
 
2020-08-07 8:20:46 PM  
Capable of shame.
 
2020-08-07 8:26:44 PM  
Actually tried to run the country, not only personally enrich himself?
 
2020-08-07 8:32:27 PM  

mr_a: Tricky Dick had a few strange ideas...but played global power games like a master. He also had a habit of occasionally doing the right thing even if was against GOP.dogma.


He stole Trudeau's thunder when it came to China.

And he drank like a Farker
 
2020-08-07 8:33:03 PM  
Is it because the modern GOP has moved so far to the right that they make Reagan look like Karl Marx?
 
2020-08-07 9:00:26 PM  

LrdPhoenix: Is it because the modern GOP has moved so far to the right that they make Reagan look like Karl Marx?


And the Dems so far Left that communism is now a party plank.
 
2020-08-07 9:08:56 PM  

PapermonkeyExpress: LrdPhoenix: Is it because the modern GOP has moved so far to the right that they make Reagan look like Karl Marx?

And the Dems so far Left that communism is now a party plank.

This is what conservatives actually believe

 
2020-08-07 9:09:15 PM  
He did try to get universal healthcare before the unions killed it
 
2020-08-07 9:15:48 PM  
He was the last liberal president. Why? He was afraid of the people.
 
2020-08-07 9:24:23 PM  

mr_a: Tricky Dick had a few strange ideas...but played global power games like a master. He also had a habit of occasionally doing the right thing even if was against GOP.dogma.


Global power games? Do you mean sabotaging Vietnam peace accords and prolonging the war for years, killing thousands more than necessary on both sides, bombing the shiat out of neighboring countries, and leading to the rise of the Khmer Rouge?
 
2020-08-07 9:27:50 PM  

PapermonkeyExpress: LrdPhoenix: Is it because the modern GOP has moved so far to the right that they make Reagan look like Karl Marx?

And the Dems so far Left that communism is now a party plank.


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2020-08-07 9:27:54 PM  
Nixon started a Republican tradition of committing treason to get elected.
 
2020-08-07 9:30:28 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: mr_a: Tricky Dick had a few strange ideas...but played global power games like a master. He also had a habit of occasionally doing the right thing even if was against GOP.dogma.

Global power games? Do you mean sabotaging Vietnam peace accords and prolonging the war for years, killing thousands more than necessary on both sides, bombing the shiat out of neighboring countries, and leading to the rise of the Khmer Rouge?


I think the takeaway is less, "Nixon was good actually," and more, "How farking bad has it gotten when we long for the skilled, forthright, left-leaning presidency of Richard farking Nixon??"
 
2020-08-07 9:38:03 PM  
He was a piece of shiat but, at least once in his life, he had cracks appear in the wall of bullshiat he was peddling, resulting in a crisis of faith. Hence his strange two hour visit to the Lincoln Memorial.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard​_​Nixon%27s_visit_to_the_Lincoln_Memoria​l
 
2020-08-07 10:01:37 PM  

Spaced Lion: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: mr_a: Tricky Dick had a few strange ideas...but played global power games like a master. He also had a habit of occasionally doing the right thing even if was against GOP.dogma.

Global power games? Do you mean sabotaging Vietnam peace accords and prolonging the war for years, killing thousands more than necessary on both sides, bombing the shiat out of neighboring countries, and leading to the rise of the Khmer Rouge?

I think the takeaway is less, "Nixon was good actually," and more, "How farking bad has it gotten when we long for the skilled, forthright, left-leaning presidency of Richard farking Nixon??"


"Played global power games like a master" is really dubious to me. Not to mention OPEC shiatting over everybody during his term. The only thing, which was considerable, was opening up China.
 
2020-08-07 10:11:28 PM  
Not enough tax cuts.
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2020-08-07 10:30:48 PM  
5. He wouldn't openly admit he was a crook.
 
2020-08-07 10:40:05 PM  

PapermonkeyExpress: JFK would be Republican.

I'll take the trade.


In the words of Robert D. Marcus: "Kennedy entered office with ambitions to eradicate poverty and to raise America's eyes to the stars through the space program."[4]
Among the legislation passed by Congress during the Kennedy Administration, unemployment benefits were expanded, aid was provided to cities to improve housing and transportation, funds were allocated to continue the construction of a national highway system started under Eisenhower, a water pollution control act was passed to protect the country's rivers and streams, and an agricultural act to raise farmers' incomes was made law.[5] A significant amount of anti-poverty legislation was passed by Congress, including increases in social security benefits and in the minimum wage, several housing bills, and aid to economically distressed areas. A few antirecession public works packages,[4] together with a number of measures designed to assist farmers,[6] were introduced. Major expansions and improvements were made in Social Security (including retirement at 62 for men), hospital construction, library services, family farm assistance and reclamation.[7] Food stamps for low-income Americans were reintroduced, food distribution to the poor was increased, and there was an expansion in school milk and school lunch distribution. The most comprehensive farm legislation since 1938 was carried out, with expansions in rural electrification, soil conservation, crop insurance, farm credit, and marketing orders. In September 1961, the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency was established as the focal point in government for the "planning, negotiation, and execution of international disarmament and arms control agreements."[8] Altogether, the New Frontier witnessed the passage of a broad range of important social and economic reforms.[9]
According to Theodore White, under John F. Kennedy, more new legislation was actually approved and passed into law than at any other time since the Thirties.[10] When Congress recessed in the latter part of 1961, 33 out of 53 bills that Kennedy had submitted to Congress were enacted. A year later, 40 out of 54 bills that the Kennedy Administration had proposed were passed by Congress, and in 1963, 35 out of 58 "must" bills were enacted. As noted by Larry O'Brien, "A myth had arisen that he [Kennedy] was uninterested in Congress, or that he 'failed' with Congress. The facts, I believe, are otherwise. Kennedy's legislative record in 1961-63 was the best of any President since Roosevelt's first term."[11]

Welfare[edit]
Unemployment and welfare benefits were expanded.[29]
In 1961, Social Security benefits were increased by 20% and provision for early retirement was introduced, enabling workers to retire at the age of sixty-two while receiving partial benefits.[30]
The Social Security Amendments of 1961 permitted male workers to elect early retirement age 62, increased minimum benefits, liberalized the benefit payments to aged widow, widower, or surviving dependent parent, and also liberalized eligibility requirements and the retirement test.[31]
The 1962 amendments to the Social Security Act authorized the federal government to reimburse states for the provision of social services.[32]
The School Lunch Act was amended for authority to begin providing free meals in poverty-stricken areas.[6]
A pilot food stamp program was launched (1961), covering six areas in the United States. In 1962, the program was extended to eighteen areas, feeding 240,000 people.[33]
Various school lunch and school milk programs were extended, "enabling 700,000 more children to enjoy a hot school lunch and eighty-five thousand more schools, child care centers, and camps to receive fresh milk".[33]
ADC was extended to whole families (1961).[34]
Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) replaced the Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) program, as coverage was extended to adults caring for dependent children.[33]
A major revision of the public welfare laws was carried out, with a $300 million modernisation which emphasised rehabilitation instead of relief".[7]
A temporary antirecession supplement to unemployment compensation was introduced.[7]
Food distribution to needy Americans was increased.[7] In January 1961, the first executive order issued by Kennedy mandated that the Department of Agriculture increase the quantity and variety of foods donated for needy households. This executive order represented a shift in the Commodity Distribution Programs' primary purpose, from surplus disposal to that of providing nutritious foods to low-income households.[35]
Social Security benefits were extended to an additional five million Americans.[29]
The Self-Employed Individuals Tax Retirement Act (1962) provided self-employed people with a tax postponement for income set aside in qualified pension plans.[31]
The Public Welfare Amendments of 1962 provided for greater Federal sharing in the cost of rehabilitative services to applicants, recipients, and persons likely to become applicants for public assistance. It increased the Federal share in the cost of public assistance payments, and permitted the States to combine the various categories into one category. The amendments also made permanent the 1961 amendment which extended aid to dependent children to cover children removed from unsuitable homes.[31]
Federal funds were made available for the payment of foster care costs for AFDC-eligible children who had come into state custody.[36]
An act was approved (1963) which extended for one year the period during which responsibility for the placement and foster care of dependent children, under the program of aid to families with dependent children under Title IV of the Social Security Act.[31]
Federal civil service retirement benefits were index-linked to changes in the Consumer Price Index (1962).[37]

Civil rights[edit]
Various measures were carried out by the Kennedy Justice Department to enforce court orders and existing legislation. The Kennedy Administration promoted a Voter Education Project which led to 688,800 between 1 April 1962 and 1 November 1964, while the Civil Rights Division brought over forty-two suits in four states in order to secure voting rights for blacks. In addition, Kennedy supported the anti-poll tax amendment, which cleared Congress in September 1962 (although it was not ratified until 1964 as the Twenty-fourth Amendment). As noted by one student of black voting in the South, in relation to the attempts by the Kennedy Administration to promote civil rights, "Whereas the Eisenhower lawyers had moved deliberately, the Kennedy-Johnson attorneys pushed the judiciary far more earnestly."[38]
Executive Order 10925 (issued in 1961) combined the federal employment and government contractor agencies into a unified Committee on Equal Employment opportunity (CEEO). This new committee helped to put an end to segregation and discriminatory employment practices (such as only employing African-Americans for low-skilled jobs) in a number of workplaces across the United States.[11]
Executive Order 11063 banned discrimination in federally funded housing.
The Interstate Commerce Commission made Jim Crow illegal in interstate transportation, having been put under pressure to do so by both the Freedom Riders (see also:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/​John_Lew​is#Freedom_Rides)  and the Department of Justice.
Employment of African-Americans in federal jobs such as in the Post office, the Navy, and the Veterans Administration as a result of the Kennedy Administration's affirmative action policies.[11]
The Kennedy Administration forbade government contractors from discriminating against any applicant or employee for employment on the grounds of national origin, color, creed, or race.[11]
The Plan for Progress was launched by the CEEO to persuade large employers to adopt equal opportunity practices. By 1964 268 firms with 8 million employees had signed on to this, while a nationwide study covering the period from May 1961 to June 1963 of 103 corporations "showed a Negro gain from 28,940 to 42,738 salaried and from 171,021 to 198,161 hourly paid jobs".[11]

Equal rights for women[edit]
The Presidential Commission on the Status of Women was an advisory commission established on December 14, 1961, by Kennedy to investigate questions regarding women's equality in education, in the workplace, and under the law.[47] The commission, chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt until her death in 1962, was composed of 26 members including legislators, labor union activists and philanthropists who were active in women's rights issues. The main purpose of the committee was to document and examine employment policies in place for women. The commission's final report, American Woman, Mama Let Me Be (just a test to see who read this far, also known as the Peterson Report after the commission's second chair, Esther Peterson), was issued in October 1963 and documented widespread discrimination against women in the workplace. Among the practices addressed by the group were labor laws pertaining to hours and wages, the quality of legal representation for women, the lack of education and counseling for working women, and federal insurance and tax laws that affected women's incomes. Recommendations included affordable child care for all income levels, hiring practices that promoted equal opportunity for women, and paid maternity leave.[48]
The commission, reflecting the views of Roosevelt and the labor unions, opposed the Equal Rights Amendment.
In the early 1960s, full-time working women were paid on average 59 percent of the earnings of their male counterparts. In order to eliminate some forms of sex-based pay discrimination, Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law on June 10, 1963.[49] During the law's first ten years, 171,000 employees received back pay totaling about 84 million dollars.[50]

Environment[edit]
The Clean Air Act (1963) expanded the powers of the federal government in preventing and controlling air pollution.
The first major additions to the National Park System since 1946 were made, which included the preservation of wilderness areas and a fund for future acquisitions.[7]
The water pollution prevention program was doubled.[7]
More aid was provided to localities to combat water pollution.[38]
The Rivers and Harbors Act of 1962 reiterated and expanded upon "previous authorizations for outdoor recreation."[51]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Fro​n​tier
 
2020-08-07 10:42:44 PM  
Ford was sworn in the day after Nixon resigned? Who was in charge all that time?
 
2020-08-07 10:45:31 PM  
How about: because he was not a complete idiot. Paranoid? Absolutely. Fascist? Somewhat more than borderline. But stupid? Not even close.
 
2020-08-07 10:52:10 PM  
April 09, 1970
I HAVE reluctantly concluded--with the Senate as presently constituted--I cannot successfully nominate to the Supreme Court any Federal appellate judge from the South who believes as I do in the strict construction of the Constitution. Judges Carswell and Haynsworth have endured with admirable dignity vicious assaults on their intelligence, their honesty, and their character. They have been falsely charged with being racist.* But when all the hypocrisy is stripped away, the real issue was their philosophy of strict construction of the Constitution, a philosophy that I share, and the fact that they had the misfortune of being born in the South. After the rejection of Judge Carswell and Judge Haynsworth, this conclusion is inescapable.
Both are distinguished jurists; both are among the finest judges in the Fourth and Fifth Circuits; both had previously been approved by the Senate for the second highest Federal court; yet, both were rejected. In my opinion, neither would have been rejected had he not been born in a Southern State.
In selecting both men, I had several criteria in mind. First and foremost, they had to be men who shared my legal philosophy of strict construction of the Constitution, men who would help to restore to the United States Supreme Court the balance that it genuinely needs--that balance I pledged to the American people that I would help to restore.
Secondly, I set the criteria that both have experience on the highest Federal appeals court--next to the United States Supreme Court itself.
Third, I chose them because they were both men of the South.
I do not believe that any segment of our people or any section of the country can lay claim to one or more seats on the High Court as its own preserve. But controversial and far-reaching decisions of past and coming years are far better received when each section of the country and every major segment of our people can look to the Court and see there its legal philosophy articulately represented.
Four of the present members of the Court are from the East, one from the Midwest, two from the West, and one from the South. More than one-fourth of the people of this Nation live in the South; they deserve representation on the Court.
But more important than geographical balance is philosophical balance--the need to have represented on the Court those who believe in strict construction of the Constitution as well as others who believe in the liberal construction which has constituted the majority on the Court for the past 15 years.
With yesterday's action, the Senate has said that no southern Federal appellate judge who believes in a strict interpretation of the Constitution can be elevated to the Supreme Court.
As long as the Senate is constituted the way it is today, I will not nominate another southerner and let him be subjected to the kind of malicious character assassination accorded both Judges Haynsworth and Carswell. However, my next nomination will be made in the very near future; a President should not leave that vacancy on the Court when it can be filled. My next nominee will be from outside the South and he will fulfill the criteria of a strict constructionist with judicial experience either from a Federal bench or on a State appeals court.
I understand the bitter feeling of millions of Americans who live in the South about the act of regional discrimination that took place in the Senate yesterday. They have my assurance that the day will come when men like Judges Carswell and Haynsworth can and will sit on the High Court.

https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/docum​e​nts/statement-about-nominations-the-su​preme-court

*  The graf read, "I Am A Southerner By Ancestry, Birth, Training, Inclination, Belief And Practice. I Believe That Segregation Of The Races is Proper And The ONLY Practical And Correct Way Of Life In Our States."
The first letter of each word is capitalized, the the word ONLY is in all caps.
The "white supremacy" quote, two grafs later, is as strident: "I Yield To NO MAN, As A Fellow Candidate, Or As A Fellow Citizen, In The Firm Vigirous Belief In The Principles Of White Supremacy, And I Shall Always Be So Governed." Again, the first letter of each word is capitalized, and NO MAN is in all caps. "Vigorous" is misspelled in the newspaper. [Hey, wait, that sounds awfully familiar...] (The speech was printed in full in the official records of Wilkinson County, Ga., and published Aug. 13, 1948, in The Irwinton Bulletin, a weekly newspaper edited by Mr. Carswell."  Damn that liberal media!)

Another great quote spawned by that confirmation battle was by Sen. Judiciary Committee Ranking Republican Roman Hruska, in response to the charge that Carswell was "mediocre." Hruska famously told the cameras staked outside the hearing room:

"Even if he was mediocre, there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers . . . They are entitled to a little representation, aren't they, and a little chance? We can't have all Brandeises and Cardozos and Frankfurters and stuff like that there."
https://www.jurist.org/thisday/2010/0​1​/19/nixon-nominated-harrold-carswell-t​o-the-us-supreme-court/
 
2020-08-07 11:02:07 PM  

Your_Huckleberry: Ford was sworn in the day after Nixon resigned? Who was in charge all that time?


That's not correct.  Ford was sworn in less than thirty minutes after Nixon handed Kissinger his letter of resignation.
 
2020-08-07 11:09:32 PM  
 
2020-08-07 11:16:13 PM  

PapermonkeyExpress: LrdPhoenix: Is it because the modern GOP has moved so far to the right that they make Reagan look like Karl Marx?

And the Dems so far Left that communism is now a party plank.


Biatch they don't even want you to have free healthcare like every other civilized, developed nation.
 
2020-08-07 11:45:14 PM  
 Seriously, wouldn't fit in today?

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2020-08-08 12:18:24 AM  

SavageWombat: PapermonkeyExpress: LrdPhoenix: Is it because the modern GOP has moved so far to the right that they make Reagan look like Karl Marx?

And the Dems so far Left that communism is now a party plank.

This is what conservatives actually believe


That's what moderates look like from the right-hand vanishing point on the two-point perspective image that's US politics.
 
2020-08-08 1:14:25 AM  
Whether Nixon would or wouldn't be welcomed by today's "conservatives" is as worthless an argument as "Trump is a Republican like Lincoln'.  Party definitions change, but the principle attributes of the people who work in these constructs are what matter.  Sure, Tricky opened China.  He also repeatedly and secretly prolonged the war in Vietnam for political purposes. Nixon was a lying, paranoid, petty crook who permanently altered the nation's view of the Presidency, and the country as a whole.

He also perpetually needed a shave, unlike today's conservatives who favor bald faces and orange spray paint.
 
2020-08-08 1:51:56 AM  

aleister_greynight: Not enough tax cuts.
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Heh, have you seen them freaking out over the Biden plan to raise the Corporate Tax rate from 21% to 28%?  Just point out that under Reagan, the effective Corporate tax rate was raised from around 30% to around 39%.
 
2020-08-08 4:46:07 AM  
Nixon would stake a position just off to the side of the middle similar to Clinton.  Nixon was less interested in some overarching dogma ideology and more in what can be done now.  America was a bit more towards the left back then, serious hangover from the new deaI which wore off in the 70s and 80s.  He was less interested in some overarching dogma ideology and more in what can be done now. I see nothing that he would not do the same in this timeline than back in the late 60's.  Nixon would be to the right of Romney but left of Lindsay.
 
2020-08-08 6:37:34 AM  
Most importantly, he didn't tweet.
 
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